European project
  • SocialWatt ( aims to enable obligated parties under Article 7 of the Energy Efficiency Directive across Europe to develop, adopt, test and spread innovative schemes to alleviate energy poverty. The appropriate tools developed within the framework of SocialWatt aim to help utilities and energy suppliers effectively identify energy-poor households, as well as develop and monitor schemes that focus on increasing the energy efficiency of these houses. Identify energy-poor households: Utilities and energy suppliers have at their disposal key data to identify energy-poor households (for example energy consumption data, payment frequency, payment arrangements, debt profile and the location of the property). The ‘SocialWatt Analyser’ tool combines such data with other available data (national, regional and local statistical data, data from social services etc.) to support utilities and energy suppliers identify energy-poor citizens.

With a budget of over 1 million €, the goals are to:

  • Develop innovative schemes to alleviate energy poverty: The ‘SocialWatt Plan’ decision support tool aims to help energy companies across Europe identify and develop appropriate schemes to alleviate energy poverty.
  • Build the capacity of utilities, energy suppliers and social services: By promoting collaboration and facilitating knowledge transfer, the capacity of energy companies to develop schemes that trigger investments in energy efficiency/renewable energy and alleviate energy poverty is significantly strengthened. Within the framework of SocialWatt, stakeholders will have the opportunity to participate in numerous capacity-building activities organised in eleven EU countries, including capacity-building workshops, national training seminars and a European conference.
  • Implement the schemes to alleviate energy poverty. Participating utilities and energy suppliers will implement innovative schemes to alleviate energy poverty in Croatia, France, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Romania and Spain. These will serve as pilot cases that represent a large and diverse part of the EU energy market (mainly the electricity and gas market), with different socioeconomic and climate conditions. The ‘SocialWatt Check’ tool aims to support the monitoring and evaluation of implemented schemes. Thus, ‘SocialWatt Check’ will be used to monitor and assess the SocialWatt schemes developed and implemented.
  • Replicate the project’s outcomes and provide policy recommendations. The SocialWatt replication activities, combined with the fact that SocialWatt energy companies operate in 26 European countries, will ensure that the project outputs and tools are used more widely across Europe. An open call will be launched for utilities to express interest to replicate SocialWatt activities. Furthermore, policy briefs will be developed to facilitate policymakers to develop tailored programmes for alleviating energy poverty. It produces thorough documentation to help national authorities, as well as energy suppliers, to tackle energy poverty.

The project started in 2019 and will be completed in 2022. It benefits practitioners and addressed the topics of idea development/ innovation, energy access and consumption, energy prices and financing schemes.

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